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Councillor calls for rethink on latest bus route proposal

Tuesday, 14th August, 2018 1:00pm
Councillor calls for rethink on latest bus route proposal

There have been calls for a “major re-think” on some of the BusConnects proposals unveiled by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

Councillor calls for rethink on latest bus route proposal

There have been calls for a “major re-think” on some of the BusConnects proposals unveiled by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

THERE have been calls for a “major re-think” on some of the BusConnects proposals unveiled by the National Transport Authority (NTA) last week.

The NTA published a range of additional materials online relating to the proposed new bus services under the Dublin Area Bus Network Review plan.

The authority said it would be distributing printed copies of these new brochures while out meeting communities over the coming weeks, but added that they also wanted to make them available online immediately.

 Six area-based information brochures, each covering a sector of the city, have been prepared as part of the public consultation process that is now underway.

There is also a new ‘Where Can I Go with BusConnects’ tool showing how far you could go in 30, 45 and 60 minutes on the new network. And there is also a comparison table listing existing Dublin Bus routes and showing which new services replace them under the proposed plan.

Each of the six area-based brochures provides information about the overall plan, as well as details about how the changes will affect bus users at a local level in areas including South/ West (Ballyfermot, Kylemore, Rathcoole, Tallaght, Saggart); and South (Knocklyon, Ballyboden, Rathfarnam, Templeogue, Dundrum, Goatstown, Sandyford, Mount Merrion, Dun Laoghaire and Sallynoggin.

They include maps which show the routes and mid-day frequencies of the proposed new services, along with details of additional peak-only services.

“Our network redesign will mean that all bus users will experience a change, in some way, to the services they use,” the authority said. “For some, that may mean no more than a change in the number that appears on the front of their bus. For others, it may involve their bus going a different way to their destination. In a small number of cases, it may require a passenger to interchange from one bus to another.”

However, one Southside councillor, Labour’s Breeda Bonner, has called for a major re-think of the new BusConnects proposals for the Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle areas.

“While overall there will be more buses, areas like Woodford/ Monksfield, Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle will have worse services,” Cllr Bonner claimed.

“The public information display is only available for this whole area in Liffey Valley Shopping Centre on Friday, August 17 from 2pm to 8pm. This is wrong because Liffey Valley is hard to get to for many bus users and because August is in the middle of the holiday season.”

Cllr Bonner said that everyone who uses buses should check the website www.busconnects.ie and make a submission before the closing date for submissions on Friday, September 14.

Cllr Bonner acknowledged that there were many positive aspects to the BusConnects proposals, most notably bus links to the Luas for Clondalkin, Rathcoole, Saggart and Newcastle along with a more frequent general bus route to the City Centre. 

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